Disneyland Resort Update for August 8-14, 2016

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for August 8–14, 2016

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Diamond Anniversary enters final month | Carousel (Inn) of Progress | Steakhouse 55 serves up Trick or Tea | Getting ready for the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend | Construction Land | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Diamond Anniversary enters final month

Some diamonds aren't forever, as Disneyland fans learned last week when the company announced that three shows created for the park's 60th Diamond Anniversary will have their final performances when the celebration officially concludes on Monday, September 5. In their place are two nighttime productions that return for the fall season.


Disneyland's Paint the Night parade will "glow away" in less than a month, as Disneyland winds down the Diamond Anniversary celebration. MousePlanet file photo.

Ending their runs are Disneyland's Paint the Night parade and "Disneyland Forever" fireworks show, and the World of Color – Celebrate show at Disney California Adventure. The original World of Color show returns to DCA starting September 6, and Disneyland will present the "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show Friday – Sunday night starting September 9.

Instead of the Paint the Night parade, Disneyland will run a second performance of Mickey's Soundsational Parade on weekends. The Pixar Play Parade is not on the official entertainment schedule posted on Disneyland.com after September 3, 2016, and a Disney representative could not provide any update about the eight-year-old parade.

The Jammin' on the Backlot nighttime dance party also wraps up Labor Day weekend, and there has been no announcement of a possible replacement.

These unexpected announcements have already resulted in a surge in nighttime attendance at Disneyland, and to a lesser degree at Disney California Adventure, as fans flock to catch these anniversary shows before they "glow away" forever. We expect the crowds to spike August 20 and 22, as SoCal and Deluxe Passholders return to the parks following the summer blockout season. Those last two weeks leading into Labor Day weekend (and the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend) will likely defy unofficial attendance projections.

The decision to end the 60th Anniversary entertainment at the conclusion of the official marketing promotion is all the more surprising because it marks a departure from Disney's past practices. Disneyland's 50th Anniversary "Remember... Dreams Come True" fireworks show was presented seasonally for nine years after it debuted in 2005, and was finally retired only 6 months before the Diamond Anniversary celebration began.

Likewise, Disneyland's 45 Years of Magic parade ran for five years, ending just weeks before the 50th Anniversary Parade of Dreams debuted. That parade then ran for three years, before being replaced by the generic Celebrate: A Street Party in 2009.

It's true that Disneyland still has Mickey's Soundsational Parade, which debuted in 2011 and was designed to offer a different experience by day and at night. It's a good nighttime parade, but nothing like Paint the Night, which has quickly become the Main Street Electrical Parade for a new generation of Disney fans.

For now, Disney confirms that Paint the Night will "conclude its initial run with the September 5 close of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration," and says that "any future plans have not yet been determined."

What kind of future plans might be in store for Paint the Night? One rumor has the parade heading to Florida, where the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World begins its own 45th Anniversary celebration this October 1. That date also happens to be the second anniversary of when the original Paint the Night debuted at Hong Kong Disneyland, where it is still performed.

Some have also suggested that the parade could head to Shanghai Disneyland, which has an elaborate daytime parade, Mickey’s Storybook Express, but no nighttime parade to fill the longest parade route in any Disney park.

Of course, the parade might just go into storage at Disneyland until after the holiday season, and return in early 2017 to give the park something to promote during the transformation of the Tower of Terror attraction into a new Guardians fo the Galaxy ride and until Fantasmic returns in the summer.

Shawn Slater, Senior Communications Manager for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, has clarified that the version of World of Color to be presented after the anniversary will be the "original" show, and that "Fantasy in the Sky" will be the version most recently presented in the spring of 2015.

Slater also said that new technology used in the 60th anniversary shows, including new projection surfaces used in World of Color – Celebrate, and effects used in "Disneyland Forever," may be incorporated in future shows.

Carousel (Inn) of Progress

In 2015, a Disney-controlled holding company purchased the Carousel Inn and Suites, a 131-room hotel directly across the street from the Disneyland Resort's Harbor Boulevard pedestrian entrance. At the time of the purchase, a Disney spokesperson told the Orange County Register that the company had no immediate plans for the property, and that the hotel's current management would continue to operate the hotel.

Earlier this year, the Orange County Register reported that Disney was planning to demolish the hotel to make way for a pedestrian bridge over Harbor Boulevard that would link a new 6,800-space parking structure and a new transit center to the park's Harbor Boulevard entrance complex. According to the article, construction would begin in 2017.

Now it appears that employees of the Carousel Inn have been issued WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act notices saying that the hotel will close in October. A MousePlanet reader alerted us to an item posted on the Walt Disney World News Today website, and another reader shared that she learned of the closure when she tried to modify a January, 2017 reservation at the hotel. The hotel's website has no specific information about a pending closure, but the online booking utility shows no rooms available after October 16, 2016.


The area in yellow represents the combined land available from the existing Pumba parking lot, the two Manchester Ave. properties, and the Carousel Inn property. The green area represents a potential pedestrian bridge. MousePlanet image.

As we've previously reported, Disney also purchased two properties along Manchester Avenue, behind the existing Pumba parking lot. Demolition is already underway on one of the two properties, and the three lots combined could eventually house both the new parking structure and the proposed transportation hub. That hub could in turn support the proposed Anaheim Rapid Connection project, a 3.2-mile streetcar route linking the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ACTIC) with the Anaheim Resort district.


The City of Anaheim proposes to build a streetcar line to connect the ARTIC station with the Disneyland Resort area. City of Anaheim image.

The Carousel Inn and Suites property provides the missing link between the Disneyland Resort, and construction of a pedestrian bridge would help reduce street-level congestion at the already busy Harbor entrance. However, we note that the Disneyland Monorail track runs parallel to Harbor Boulevard at that location. Maybe it's time to relaunch the rumors of a city-wide monorail project?

Steakhouse 55 serves up Trick or Tea

The Classic Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel's Steakhouse 55 will receive a "haunted" makeover for just one month, starting September 30. "Trick or Tea" will offer a new Halloween-inspired menu, with apple pie green tea, maple pecan scones, and chocolate-covered strawberries decorated like pumpkins and Pumpkin Kings.

The tea is offered Friday through Sunday, and reservations open 60 days in advance. The cost is $50 for the Classic Tea Party and $65 for the Premium Tea Party, which includes an appetizer salad, glass of sparking wine and a package of sweets to take home. Guests of all ages can order the Kids Tea Party for $35.

Book online through the Disney website, or call 714-781-DINE (3463) .

Before you go, be sure to read a review of the Classic Afternoon Tea by contributing writer Lisa Stiglic.

Getting ready for the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend

Runners are gearing up for the Disneyland Half Marathon events, to be held over Labor Day weekend at the Disneyland Resort. runDisney last week revealed all of the medal designs for the 2016 event, which include the first 5K medal made of metal, to be issued after runDisney announced a switch from rubber 5K medals.


runDisney released photos of the five medals available during the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend events, including the first 5K medal made of metal instead of rubber. Image © Disney.

For some runners, the events really are all about the bling, and Melissa Martin-Mayorgas of Team Muscle Makers said her charity running team received a flood of requests for last-minute registrations once the medal designs were released.

Sharp-eyed readers also found the course certification filings for the Disneyland Half Marathon and Disneyland 10K events. The courses are slightly different due to the Star Wars Land construction, so if you're the type of runner who really likes to plan your runs, click on the links to view the routes.

Construction Land

More vertical work this week, with even more cranes in the construction site.


Work continues on the future home of Star Wars Land at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Work continues on the future home of Star Wars Land at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Work continues on the future home of Star Wars Land at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Work continues on the future home of Star Wars Land at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Work continues on the future home of Star Wars Land at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


This could be a section of the foundation of the new Disneyland Railroad route around the Rivers of America. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Join Team MousePlanet for the 2016 CHOC Walk in the Park

Registration is now open for the 2016 CHOC Walk in the Park, to be held Sunday, October 30 at the Disneyland Resort. This year the walk moves to the last weekend in October, promising a first-ever Halloween theme. Team MousePlanet will return for our ninth year supporting Children's Hospital Orange County. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $50,000 for CHOC since 2008. We invite MousePlanet readers, friends, and family members to join our team for the event.

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The deadline to join Team MousePlanet and meet the fundraising requirement is Friday, October 14. We still welcome those who register after this date, but they must handle their own check-in.

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This and that...

...The 2016 Taste of Downtown Disney is this Thursday, August 11 at the Disneyland Resort. The event is sold out, but guests visiting the resort Thursday night should expect large crowds in Downtown Disney. If you're looking to dine in one of the Downtown Disney restaurants that evening, be sure to make advance reservations.

...Disney's D23 club is offering all members a chance to see Pete's Dragon in an advance, complimentary screening. Visit the member website for details.

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Crowd Forecast

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6 / 10
Thursday, August 11, 2016 7 / 10
Friday, August 12, 2016 6 / 10
Saturday, August 13, 2016 6 / 10

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, visit Disneyland.com—this information is no longer available from the automated phone service.

Disneyland

  • Frontierland Shootin' Exposition – closed through August 18 for refurbishment.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed August 22 through September 8 to install the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • Hyperpace Mountain – closed September 6–8 to install the Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • Main Street Mad Hatter – closed September 6–9 for refurbishment.
  • The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln – closed August 22 for refurbishment. No reopening date announced, but after September 18.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed September 12–14 for refurbishment.
  • Donald's Boat – closed September 12 for refurbishment. Reopening date after September 18.

The following attractions are all closed for Star Wars Land-related construction around the Rivers of America, and are expected to reopen in spring 2017 or later:

  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
  • Fantasmic!
  • Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Mark Twain Riverboat

Disney California Adventure

  • King Triton's Carousel – closed through August 25 for refurbishment.
  • The Little Mermaid – Ariel's Undersea Adventure – closes September 6 for refurbishment. Reopening date after September 18.
  • Hot Dog Hut – closes September 6 for refurbishment. Reopening date after September 18.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D – closed indefinitely. The theater has been renamed the Sunset Showcase Theater, and will likely be used for movie previews until a permanent replacement is found.

Disneyland Resort

  • House of Blues Anaheim – closed as of May 31. Disney has not said not yet announced plans for the 23,000-square-foot restaurant and concert venue.

Resort Events

Check here to see if a large convention, competition, or park event might fall during your next trip to the Disneyland Resort. If you know of any in-park events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

2016

  • 2016 Taste of Downtown Disney – Thursday, August 11 at the Disneyland Resort. The event is sold out.
  • Back to Disneyland Saturday – Saturday, August 20. This will be the first Saturday that Deluxe annual passholders can use their passes for admission since Saturday blackouts started in March, 2016. It is typically a very busy day at Disneyland.
  • Back to Disneyland Monday – Monday, August 22. This will be the first day that Southern California and Southern California Select annual passholders can use their passes for admission following the summer blockout season. It is typically a very busy day at Disneyland.
  • 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 1–4. Registration is still open for the Half Marathon event. All other race distances are sold out. Volunteer registration is no longer available. Details on the runDisney website.
  • Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – through September 5
  • Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – September 9 to October 31.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party – September 23, 26, 28, 30; October 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 29, 31. Tickets on sale now.
  • Gay Days Anaheim (unofficial event) – September 30 to October 2. More information at the event website.
  • 2016 CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 30 at the Disneyland Resort. MousePlanet readers, friends, and family are invited to register with Team MousePlanet and walk with our group. Registration is now open at www.chocwalk.org
  • Dapper Day Fall Soiree (unofficial event) – Sunday, November 6. More information at the event website. This popular event grows larger each year, so it's worth making note of the date if you plan to visit the park during this weekend.
  • 2016 Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend – November 10–13. Formerly called the Avengers Half Marathon. Registration is open for all events except the Captain America 5K and the runDisney Kids Races. Register via the runDisney website.
  • Season of the Force – no end date announced.

2017

  • 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – January 12–15, 2017. Registration is still open for the Half Marathon event. All other race distances are sold out through runDisney, but charities like Team Muscle Makers have space available.
  • "Use it or lose it" weekend – January 28–29, 2017. Our designation for the final weekend of January, which marks the deadline for cast members, community groups, and Club 33 members to use their remaining complementary admission tickets from the 2016 allocation.
  • 2017 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 11–14, 2017. Registration opens September 20, 2016.
  • D23 Expo – July 14–16, 2017. Tickets are now on sale through the official D23 website.

We also recommend checking the convention calendar at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau website. When looking at that site, remember to note both the number of people and the number of rooms resulting from each convention. A gathering of 25,000 people booking few room nights (indicating most will be driving in to the area for their meeting) can impact traffic around the resort much more than a crowd of 25,000 staying in area hotels. Of course, that second group is going to make finding a hotel room more difficult (and possibly more expensive), so it's best to book your own room as early as possible if you see that a big convention is in town during your trip.

Non-Disney Resort Events

Notable events at parks and attractions around Southern California. If you know of an event that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

Knott's Berry Farm

Legoland California

Sea World San Diego

Universal Studios Hollywood

Six Flags Magic Mountain

School Holidays

Notable school holidays that may impact park attendance. If you know of any other holidays that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

2016

  • Admissions Day/Labor Day Weekend – September 2–5. Most Los Angeles schools have a 4-day weekend.
  • Columbus Day – Monday, October 10. Many locals schools are closed.
  • Nevada Day (observed) – Friday, October 28. A school holiday for our neighbors to the northeast creates a 3-day weekend and usually adds to the Halloween weekend crowds. Some Nevada schools take the entire week off as a Fall Break.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 20–21. Expect holiday-level crowds October 19–24 as Utah students and families take advantage of a Fall Break scheduled around an annual state education convention. Not all Utah schools close for UEA, but the impact on the resort is significant enough to mention.
  • Thanksgiving Break – November 21–25. Many local schools close for the entire week of Thanksgiving.
  • Winter Break – December 19, 2016 – January 6, 2017. Most schools close only two of these three weeks, but some districts close all three weeks due to the Saturday Christmas.

2017

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, January 16.
  • Cesar Chavez Day – Friday, March 31. Many locals schools are closed.
  • Spring Break – March 13 – April 14. The 4-week period during which most local schools will observe a one-week spring holiday.

Merchandise Events

Date Event
August 12

WonderGround Gallery

August 13

WonderGround Gallery

August 14

WonderGround Gallery

August 19

WonderGround Gallery

August 21

WonderGround Gallery

August 26

WonderGround Gallery

August 27

WonderGround Gallery

August 28

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Current Discounts & Promotions

Disneyland prices as of February 28, 2016.

Note: MousePlanet does not edit past Updates to reflect price increases; for up-to-date prices, check the most recent Disneyland Resort Update. Several current promotions offer discounted admission to the Disneyland Resort. For your convenience, we have grouped the discount offers based on the number of days the tickets are valid. Check out the category that best matches the amount of time you plan to spend at the resort, and pick the offer that works best for you. And keep those tips coming—let us know if you find a better or different offer, so we can share it with other readers!

This first section is a list of discounts on ticket-only purchases. Though it has become more common in recent years, Disneyland tickets are rarely offered at deep discounts unless you are a resident of Southern California or Northern Mexico. For residents outside that area, the best discounts available tend to be simple advance purchase discounts. If you know of any additional discounts, offers, promotions, or contests that should be listed in this section, drop us a line. Note, we are no longer listing offers from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, as their convenience fee negates any savings.

Don't get scammed! Never buy tickets from an unofficial or secondary outlet, such as through eBay or Craigslist. Never rent or purchase tickets from people approaching you outside the gates stating they have remaining days or leftover tickets. This practice is against the terms of use for Disneyland admission, and may result in denial of entry. It is also common for criminals to shoplift inactivated Disney theme park tickets from supermarkets to resell them. There is no way to determine if these tickets are valid until you try to use them to enter the parks. Only purchase Disney theme park tickets directly from Disney, an authorized seller, or travel agency.

Ticket Prices and Promotions

One Day Tickets
Ticket & Season
Adult one-park
Adult Park Hopper
Child one-park
Child Park Hopper
One Day – Value
$95
$155
$89
$149
One Day – Regular
$105
$160
$99
$154
One Day – Peak
$119
$169
$113
$163

Check the Disneyland website to see what type of ticket you need for the day you plan to visit. Seasonal pricing applies only to one-day tickets.

No discounts currently available to the general public. Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Two Day Tickets
  • Two Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $195/$183
  • Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $235/$223

No discounts currently available to the general public. Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Three Day Tickets

  • Three Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $255/$243
  • Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $295/$283

No discounts currently available to the general public. Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Military

2016 Disney Military Promotional 3 – Day Park Hopper Ticket ($143)

Through December 16, 2016, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase the Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $143 each [an increase of $11 from the 2014-2015 offer].

Disneyland tickets may be used January 3, 2016, through December 19, 2016.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by December 19, 2016.

For complete information regarding Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets and discounted resort rates, military personnel may visit the Disneyland Resort website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

Four Day Tickets

  • Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $280/$265
  • Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $320/$305

No discounts currently available to the general public. Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Five Day Tickets

  • Five Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $295/$280
  • Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $335/$320

No discounts currently available to the general public. Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Six Day or longer tickets No longer offered by Disneyland; some travel providers may offer tickets for 6 days or longer as part of a package to international customers; residents of Canada, Australia, or the U.K. should check with local travel agencies to see what options may be available.
Disneyland Resort Annual Passports

California residents can take advantage of the monthly payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

  • Premier Annual Passport ($1,439) – valid at both Disneyland Resort and Florida's Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking and digital PhotoPass downloads. No blockout dates.
  • Disney Signature Plus Pass ($1,049) – includes discounts, parking, and digital PhotoPass downloads. No blockout dates.
  • Disney Signature Pass ($849) – includes discounts, parking, and digital PhotoPass downloads. Some blockout dates, including December holidays and other peak days.
  • Disney Deluxe Pass ($599) – includes some discounts. Some blockout dates, including December holidays and other peak days.
  • Southern California Annual Passport ($439) – renewal only, unavailable for new purchase
  • Southern California Select Annual Passport ($329) – includes some discounts. Some blockout dates.
  • Parking Add On ($199) – add-on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes. Renewal only, not currently available for new purchase

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.

Southern California CityPASS

2016 Southern California CityPASS ($329/$294) – includes a 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early-entry day), a one-day admission to Sea World San Diego, and a one-day admission to LEGOLAND California. The CityPASS expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 2016. Purchase CityPASS through the Disneyland website or on-site at the ticket booths of Disneyland Resort or the other theme parks included in the pass. You can also purchase directly from the CityPASS website, though a shipping charge may apply depending on how quickly you need the ticket.

When you purchase the CityPASS, you have the option of adding a one-day admission to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park for an extra $38/$30. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPASS website.

You can also upgrade your CityPASS to add more days at participating locations:

  • Add a 2nd day at LEGOLAND for $20. Purchase this upgrade at LEGOLAND on the day you use your CityPASS.
  • Add LEGOLAND Water Park for $30 for ages 3+ and $5 for ages 2 and under. Purchase this upgrade at LEGOLAND on the day you use your CityPASS.
  • Upgrade your Disneyland ticket to another ticket or annual passport of equal or greater value. For 2016 Southern California CityPASS, a credit of $275 for ages 10+ and $264 for ages 3-9 will be applied toward another ticket of equal or greater value. Purchase the upgrade at Disneyland before the end of your third visit.

Prices listed above are valid until December 31, 2016


Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.

Disneyland Resort & Universal Studios Combo Pass
  • 2-day Disneyland Resort + 2-Day Universal Studios Combo Pass – $300/$281
  • 3-day Disneyland Resort + 2-Day Universal Studios Combo Pass – $342/$335

A special combo ticket available exclusively through MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Travel. The bundle includes either a 2-day or 3-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket, plus a 2nd Day Free Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket.

Additional Discounts

Did we miss an offer? If you know of an authorized discount on Disneyland Resort tickets, standing offers for Annual Passholders from non-Disney vendors, or other promotions which might interest our readers, please drop us a note!

Discounts for:

Everyone

Purchase with Purchase offers – Disneyland Resort shops frequently offer a reduced–price souvenir (often a tote bag, watch, or blanket) with a qualifying minimum purchase. These are offered at Disney-operated stores only, and selection may vary by location.

Recently, Disney has begun allowing customers to purchase more than one of the offers in a qualifying transaction, so if you spend $40 or more you can buy both items currently available if you wish. If you're a passholder, the minimum purchase is calculated after your discount, and your discount does not apply to the promotional item. Current offers:

  • Disneyland Cooler Tote for $19.95 with a purchase of $25 or more.
  • Disneyland Throw Blanket for $19.95 with a purchase of $40 or more.

Landry's Select Club – members of the Landry's Select Club get priority seating at the Rainforest Cafe when available (which makes a huge difference on busy days). This club replaces the former Rainforest Cafe Safari Club, and runs on a point-based system that gives you a $25 gift certificate after you spend $250. Membership now costs $25, but comes with a $25 birthday reward. We recommend that you prepurchase your membership before your visit so you can take advantage of the priority seating benefit.


ESPNZone MVP Club – membership in the MVP Club does not offer any discounts on food. However, once a member you can make an online reservation for your party up to three days in advance and will get a 25 percent increase in points purchased when playing games in the Sports Arena (and 40 bonus points at activation). You must register online and your membership card will then be mailed to you within two weeks. The card must then be activated at any ESPNZone by the person who signed up for the card and ID will be required (link).


Character Dining Vouchers – discounted character dining vouchers are available for purchase online, in advance of your trip, through Get Away Travel.

Annual Passholders

Disneyland Resort merchandise – Disneyland extended the 20 percent merchandise discount offered to Premium annual passholders through December 31, 2016. All other passholders receive a 10 percent merchandise discount. Visit the Annual Passholder discount page for specific details and exclusions.

Guided Tours – 15 percent off the regular price of six guided tours – Walt in Walt's Footsteps; Cultivating the Magic; Discover the Magic; Happiest Haunts; Welcome to Disneyland; and Holiday Time at Disneyland. Visit the Annual Passholder discount page for specific details and exclusions.

Dining – 10 to 15 percent off at a variety of Disneyland Resort locations, including Disney-owned and independent restaurants. Visit the Annual Passholder discount page for specific details and exclusions.

Disney Visa cardholders

Character Meet-and-Greet at Disney California Adventure – cardholders have access to a private character meet-and-greet photo opportunity at Disney California Adventure, and receive one free image download per visit.

Star Wars Imperial Meet-and-Greet at Disneyland – cardholders have access to a private character meet-and-greet photo opportunity in the Star Tours Launch Bay in Tomorrowland. Offered daily from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. As of January  23, 2016, Kylo Ren replaced Darth Vader at this location.


Disneyland Resort merchandise – Cardholders also receive 10 percent off qualifying merchandise purchases of $50 or more from Disney-operated retail stores.


Disneyland Resort dining – 10 percent off at selected Disneyland Resort restaurants, (Big Thunder Ranch, River Belle Terrace, French Market, Cocina Cucamonga, Wine Country Trattoria (lunch), Paradise Garden Grill, The Lounge at Steakhouse 55 (breakfast), Steakhouse 55 (breakfast), PCH Grill (breakfast and dinner), and Storyteller's Café (lunch).


Downtown Disney District dining and merchandise – 10 percent off at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen (maximum discount of $40, excludes alcohol), Wetzel's Pretzels, Ridemakerz, Alamo Rent a Car, and ESPN Zone. 15 percent off littlemissmatched purchases.


Disneyland Resort Guided Tours – 15 percent off the "Welcome to Disneyland," "A Walk in Walt's Footsteps," "Discover the Magic," and "Cultivating the Magic" guided tours.


See the Disney Visa website for terms and conditions for all of these promotions.

U.S. military

See "2015–2016 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket" above.

Southern California residents No discounts currently available to the general public. Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.
Hotel and travel package offers

Costco Travel Packages – many different travel packages including visits to Disneyland and Disneyland hotels are available through Costco.


Disney's Resort Magic and Good Neighbor Magic Packages – These package includes accommodations in one of the three resort hotels or at one of 40 Good Neighbor hotels, along with theme park admission. The packages also come with a variety of extra inclusions and bonuses, usually a souvenir pin and lanyard, and discount coupons for various Downtown Disney merchants.

Contact Disney Travel at (714) 520-5050, book online through the Disneyland website, or call your favorite travel agent to inquire about these packages.

Park Schedule/Blockout Dates

  • DL – Disneyland
  • DCA – Disney California Adventure

Annual Pass blockouts:

  • SL – Southern California Select Annual Pass
  • SC – Southern California Annual Pass
  • DX – Deluxe Annual Pass
  • SG – Signature Annual Pass

Early Admission – full description available on the Disneyland website):

  • MM – Magic Mornings for 3-plus day ticket holders, promotional "bonus" tickets, and Southern California CityPASS
  • EMH – Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests
  • EA – Early Admission for Annual Passholders (not currently offered)

Disneyland Resort Special Events:

8/7 8/8 8/9 8/10 8/11 8/12 8/13

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

8/14 8/15 8/16 8/17 8/18 8/19 8/20

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

8/21 8/22 8/23 8/24 8/25 8/26 8/27

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

8/28 8/29 8/30 8/31 9/1 9/2 9/3

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

9/4 9/5 9/6 9/7 9/8 9/9 9/10

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Diamond Celebration
Ends

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Halloween Time
begins

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

9/11 9/12 9/13 9/14 9/15 9/16 9/17

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-5p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland. As always, specifics are subject to change without notice (or occasionally, without us noticing) so when information conflicts between what is presented here and that presented by Disney, it is best to assume Disney's information is correct.

Visit the Park Hours section of our Disneyland Park guide for additional details about Magic Morning and Toontown Morning Madness, including available attractions. Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for this week at Disneyland.com here.

The Seasons calendar is published on the Disneyland website for the next 8-11 months.

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  1. By robynd

    I am so excited over the metal 5K Medal news. I participated in the RunDisney Shorts and was blown away by the size and weight of the medals. I thought that if they can make these gorgeous medals for a VIRTUAL race, then why don't they do something nicer for the 5Ks? I definitely spend more money on those since I don 't live locally and have to get a hotel to participate in the actual races. I wasn't sure if I was going to do the Neverland 5K again but this has decided it for me. I hope Tink is featured on the 5K medal somewhere....:-)

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